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Vaisala – Renewable electricity

As a member of the RE100 initiative, Vaisala uses 100% renewable electricity, a target it achieved by the end of 2020. The goal covers all Vaisala’s facilities with significant energy consumption around the globe and was reached with the combination of self-produced clean energy in Finland and the Unites States as well as green electricity from local energy companies.

Clean energy (MWh)
13 960
Total impact 14 790 See all »
Clean energy (MWh)
13 960
Total impact 14 790 See all »
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Janne Hietaniemi
Senior Energy Specialist at Sustainable Energy for All
Mikael Melin
Project Director, Sustainable Everyday Life at Sitra
Markus Terho
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Very fast implementation with a big impact. Easily replicable by all companies.

About Janne
A serial entrepreneur and seasoned expert on energy and circular economy with more than 25 years of experience in the global business environment. Co-founder of 4 platform companies and currently a member of two national energy innovation jurys.
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Vaisala leading by example. Clear commitment and concrete action combining energy efficiency measures with utilization and promotion of renewable electricity. Apart from own investments, and purchase of energy attribute certificates, the ease of replicability to switch to green power depends on the availability of renewable electricity offerings by local utilities (hence a lower score on replicability).

About Mikael
International relations expert with extensive global experience in sustainable development and energy transitions. Currently working with Sustainable Energy for All, an international organization working in partnership with the United Nations and leaders in government and the private sector to accelerate action towards sustainable energy – in line with SDG 7 and the Paris Agreement on climate. * All reviews represent the personal opinion of an expert
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This planet act is dependent on the local availability of renewable electricity and requires investment.

About Markus
A corporate responsibility veteran, with over two decades in the industry. He has held several notable positions, among them, he has served as the global sustainability chief at Nokia. There he has managed global corporate responsibility activities, environmental and social responsibility, social investment portfolios as well as disaster relief and charity donations.
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As the environmental and economic impacts of climate change increase, we need to implement different mitigation practices. We see that the private sector needs to be a key driver of change and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. Therefore, I am proud to say Vaisala has achieved the important goal of using 100% renewable electricity,

Kai Öistämö, President and CEO, Vaisala

Purpose

Vaisala’s solutions help renewable energy operators produce sustainable energy efficiently which helps to increase the amount of renewable energy globally. We are strongly involved in the renewable energy industry through our customers, but we also see a clear benefit in advancing the use of renewable energy sources. We firmly believe in a future in which societies are powered by renewable energy, and we strive continuously to improve the energy efficiency in our facilities.

The private sector needs to be the driver of change and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. Vaisala is a member of RE100, a global initiative encouraging the world’s most influential companies to make a 100% renewable electricity commitment within a clear timeframe. As a member of the RE100 initiative, we committed to using 100% renewable electricity in our facilities by the end of 2020 and achieved the target.

Results

Following the initiative, Vaisala took several actions to ensure 100% renewable electricity in its facilities with significant energy consumption. In total, 14 Vaisala facilities around the world are powered by renewables. The target was achieved with a combination of self-produced energy and green electricity products purchased from local energy companies.

Implementation

94% of the electricity that Vaisala’s facilities consume comes directly from renewable sources, mainly from wind power. This 94% comprises Vaisala’s largest facilities, where it is possible to affect consumption with self-produced energy and local green energy. For instance, Vaisala’s manufacturing sites in Finland and the United States use solar panels to produce clean energy.

The remaining 6% consists mostly of small office facilities where Vaisala is not the sole proprietor of the building and therefore cannot directly choose to consume renewable electricity. This remaining part was covered by purchasing unbundled renewable energy attribute certificates from the market. An energy attribute certificate is a market-based instrument that proves that 1 MWh of renewable energy has been produced in the same region. With these certificates, Vaisala was able to cover electricity consumption on those sites that cannot negotiate their own electricity contracts.

The People's Voice

"larisa.vallee@gmail.com" 02.21.2021
Great initiative and challenging to perform for a regular company, but a must for a company with the vision.
"Jussi" 07.02.2020
Toivoisin että meidänkin työpaikka tekisi tämän.

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